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Frog Went A-Courtin' Hardcover – March 10, 1955
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Nobody knows how or when this story really started. We do know that it was written down in Scotland more than 400 years ago. But it has always been the kind of story that was told and sung to children, instead of being read to them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The song goes back to at least 1548 in Scotland. Modern English versions are abound. There is not much new as far as the text goes. That's a good thing. No one messed with what already amazing.
If you are new to the tale: Frog has his eye on Miss Mousie. He formally dates her, and finally, asks for her hand. Miss Mousie, being a lady, assures him that she is interested, but requires the blessing of her uncle. She gets that blessing and the wedding begins with a colorful array of bugs and animals. They arrive each in their own kind of splendor, but things become chaotic. In short, it is a silly, fun book.
I still own my early 1970s copy. With a new boy around, I thought it important to create a library for him, starting with the tried and true. I was concerned some adjustments might be made.
There are some nice updates: Some pages include more of the original art (less is cropped). Colors are more vibrant. I'm attributing this to better printing processes.
Feodor Rojankovsky's art remains as playful as always. The pictures are fantastic yet plausible, meeting the expectations of the text perfectly. Ultimately, his art is the reason you want to buy this version, and the reason it has won awards.
I'm not clear what John Langstaff did as an author, given that the base of the folk song is so well-known.
I fully recommend "Frog Went A-Courtin'" by John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky.